Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is a busier lot these days- keeping her dates with paint brushes, canvasses and colours, as the Railway Minister has turned a painter on public demand. 

It is a fact that she can paint. Apparently, the three-day sale-cum-exhibition of her repertoire at private art gallery 'Gallerie 88' has been receiving a stupendous response since four days and her paintings were sold out for more than crore rupees.

The exhibition titled '25 Hours in a Day' is the third in four years.

Her postcard paintings range between Rs 10 to 100.

Among the many people, who dropped by at the gallery, were CESC Vice-President Sanjeev Goenka, MD of Eastern Ambuja Hash Neotiya along with other political leaders and her partymen.

All in praise for Mamata, eminent painter Jogen Chowdhury said, “Banerjee may not have artistic pretensions, but she is aware of the possibilities of her art.”

Delighted with the positive feedback about her brush strokes and sketches on canvas, Banerjee has decided to try her hand on some more paintings and support her party funds to meet electioneering expenses.

However, the Left Front experts believe that selling art on canvas is the new gimmick of ‘Didi’ to raise funds for her party's poll expenses.

Wielding the paint brush with equal ease as politics, Mamata can express her creativity on the canvas at any given time.

The Trinamool leader, however, shrugged off her comparison with Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore saying, “I am not a painter. It is a casual approach, creativity and nothing else which turned into painting.”

JPN/Bureau